The Forty: Day Fifteen

Devotional 15: Watering Cans

Scripture Reading: Luke 9:11-27


One of the best things you can do to keep plants healthy is water them on a regular basis. While the water is what helps the plant grow, a hose or a watering can is required to transport the water from the faucet to the plant.


In Luke 9, the disciples suggest Jesus send the crowd that was gathering around Him away so they can go home and eat. Jesus has a simple response, “You give them something to eat.” Wait, hold on a minute…Did you catch it? Jesus didn’t say, “I’ll give them something to eat.” He said, “You give them something to eat.”


Jesus challenged the disciples thinking by telling them to feed the 5,000 people in the crowd. They respond the same way we all would, “We have only five loaves of bread and two fish—unless we go and buy food for all this crowd.” In other words, “But Jesus, how is this going to work?”


Jesus never answered their question. Instead, He told them to split the crowd into groups of 50. The disciples had a decision to make. They could walk away in doubt or listen to Jesus. We read in Luke 9:15 how they responded, “They did so, and had them all sit down.”


Jesus then went on to perform an incredible miracle by multiplying the fish and the loaves right in front of them to feed everyone in the crowd.


Much like the gardening analogy, God is the one who brings growth, breakthrough, freedom, healing and peace to every situation. But He often chooses us (believers) to be His hands and feet on this earth, acting as ‘hoses’ and ‘watering cans’ to carry Him to meet those in need.


Sometimes the Holy Spirit tells us to do things that don’t make sense. He asks us to do outside of our comfort zone. While it can be scary to take a step of faith and follow what we think God is calling us to do, we have to understand who we are carrying.


Once we understand that we are a tool in the hands of the Creator of the Universe, our nerves will be put to rest. Our job is not to grow the plants. Our job is to water the plants and trust that the water will do its job (1 Corinthians 3:6-8).



  •  In what way(s) is God asking you to be a ‘watering can’ for His glory?
  •  Study 1 Corinthians 3:6-8, what does it practically mean to ‘plant’ and ‘water’ seeds?
  •  Will you commit to listening to Jesus even when it doesn’t make logical sense?


*Devotional contributed by Matt Pshock